Trad-Plus (Chris Pandolfi) & Andy Hall of The Infamous Stringdusters 1.31.14
Words By J. Picard
Photos By Carly Marthis
Around 11:30 PM, Chris took the stage as Trad-Plus, utilizing his laptop to establish the initial layers of his musical vision. Tasteful tracks played host to subtle nuances such as familiar samples and even the sound of a needle on a record. Once the pieces were in place, Pandolfi stepped up with his banjo, be it acoustic or electric. Interesting effects and tones contributed to the danceable feel of the set. At times the banjo sounded like a banjo, while at other points it took on the role of a sort of synthesizer, tearing through a variety of sounds per Chris' direction. Though Trad-Plus is in its infancy, the project reflected solid intuition from Pandolfi, as well as improvement and tightening from the first performance just weeks prior.
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